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Sunday, February 27, 2011

83rd Academy Awards Winners


Winners are in *BLUE

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1/25/11

A few minutes ago main categories were announced on live TV and yes there are some very good surprises! The lead film, with most nominations, is The King’s Speech with 12 nominations

Here is the complete list with all categories.

Best Film
The Social Network
*The King’s Speech
Black Swan
The Fighter
True Grit
Toy Story 3
The Kids Are All Right
Inception
127 Hours
Winter’s Bone

Animated Feature Film
The Illusionist, Sylvain Chomet
How to Train Your Dragon, Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
*Toy Story 3, Lee Unkrich

Foreign Language Film
Biutiful, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mexico
Κυνόδοντας Kynodontas (Dogtooth), Giorgos Lanthimos,Greece
*Hævnen (In a Better World), Susanne Bier,Denmark
Incendies, Denis Villeneuve, Canada
Hors-la-loi (Outside the Law), Rachid Bouchareb, Algeria

Best Director
David Fincher for The Social Network
Darren Aronofsy for Black Swan
*Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech
Joel & Ethan Coen for True Grit
David O. Russell for The Fighter

Best Actress
*Natalie Portman in Black Swan
Annette Bening in The Kids Are All Right
Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone
Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole
Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine

Best Supporting Actress
Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit
Helena Bonham Carter in The King’s Speech
*Melissa Leo in The Fighter
Amy Adams in The Fighter
Jacki Wever in Animal Kingdom

Best Actor
*Colin Firth in The King’s Speech
Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network
Jeff Bridges in True Grit
James Franco in 127 Hours
Javier Bardem in Biutiful

Best Supporting Actor
Geoffrey Rush in The King’s Speech
*Christian Bale in The Fighter
Mark Ruffalo in The Kids Are All Right
Jeremy Renner in The Town
John Hawkes in The Winter’s Bone

Cinematography
Black Swan
*Inception
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
True Grit

Visual Effects
Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Hereafter
*Inception
Iron Man 2

Writing – Adapted Screenplay
127 Hours
*The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

Writing – Original Screenplay
Another Year
The Fighter
Inception
The Kids Are All Right
*The King’s Speech

Film Editing
Black Swan
The Fighter
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
*The Social Network

Art Direction
*Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Inception
The King’s Speech
True Grit

Costume Design
*Alice in Wonderland
I Am Love
The King’s Speech
The Tempest
True Grit

Makeup
Barney’s Version
The Way Back
*The Wolfman

Sound Editing
*Inception
Toy Story 3
Tron: Legacy
True Grit
Unstoppable

Sound Mixing
*Inception
The King’s Speech
Salt
The Social Network
True Grit

Music – Original Score
How to Train Your Dragon
Inception
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
*The Social Network

Music – Original Song
Coming Home from Country Strong
I See the Light from Tangled
If I Rise from 127 Hours
*We Belong Together from Toy Story 3

Documentary – Feature
Exit through the Gift Shop, Bansky, USA and UK
GasLand, Josh Fox, USA
*Inside Job, Charles Ferguson, USA
Restrepo, Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, USA
Waste Land, Lucy Walker, Karen Harley, and João Jardim, UK and USA

Documentary – Short Subject
Killing in the Name, Jed Rothstein, USA
Poster Girl, Sara Neeson, USA
*Strangers No More,;Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon, USA
Sun Come Up, Jennifer Redfearn, USA and Papua New Guinea
The Warriors of Qiugang, Ruby Yang, USA

Short Film – Animated
Day & Night, Teddy Newton, USA
The Gruffalo, Max Lang and Jakob Schuh, UK and Germany
Let’s Pollute, Geefwee Boedoe, USA
*The Lost Thing, Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan, Australia and UK
Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary, Bastien Dubois, France

Short Film – Action
The Confession, Tanel Toom, UK
The Crush, Michael Creagh, Ireland
*God of Love, Luke Matheny, USA
Na Wewe, Ivan Goldschmidt, Belgium
Wish 143, Ian Barnes, UK

To check list at official site go here.

Have to admit that’s a HUGE surprise for me that no song from Burlesque was nominated and that they nominated only four original songs, I was hoping to watch Cher singing at the show (lol!).

Of course can’t believe that Dogtooth got a nomination and for the sake of my photographer friend I’m going to write it clearly: Dogtooth is VERY similar to a film by Arturo Ripstein!!! I'm talking about Ripstein's 1973 Castillo de la Pureza. I don’t particularly enjoy Ripstein work, so it was NO Surprise that I couldn’t watch (completely) Dogtooth even after trying several times to continue watching. I’m sure that Academy members that selected this film in the final vote round ARE NOT Ripstein fans as surely they will have noticed HOW SIMILAR stories are.

So haven’t seen the other four, but soon will be watching one and of course I’m ‘dying’ to watch Denis Villeneuve, Susanne Bier and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s films. It is most amazing that in the Foreign Language Film category we have ONE female director! Excellent! Hope to watch film soon, but her film has been collecting major honors all over the world so I hope gets the Oscar but competition will be tough especially from Villeneuve acclaimed film.

I know that when we speak about visual effects most of us, as well as Academy members, are attracted to ‘spectacular’ visual effects, so not surprised for the nominated films in the Visual Effects category, especially that Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter only nod is in this category. But, I hoped that Black Swan was nominated in this category as even if effects were not of the ‘spectacular’ kind, the few the movie has were so crucial for the storytelling; shame that were overlooked.

It is VERY surprising that Waiting for Superman didn’t got a nomination in the Feature Documentary category; so surprising that I double checked and yes, is not there. I’m glad that Lucy Walker’s acclaimed Waste Land got a nod.

Also very glad that the American Academy is recognizing the high quality of French animation and honor not only the Illusionist but also the short film by Bastien Dubois.

Been delaying watching many of the few films I haven’t seen from above list, but think that will watch them if I want to get a better idea of who the winner will be in each category; so yes will watch even the one animated film haven’t seen (the dragon movie), the one where some people faint (127 Hours), another dysfunctional family in Animal Kingdom and Another Year, the follow up to Tron (Legacy), action fill Unstoppable, maybe not-so funny for me Barney’s Version as I’m really curious why this and the other two films were nominated in Makeup (have seen The Wofman), and will try to watch all documentaries and short films.

I know haven’t been writing reviews but will soon as have been watching key films like Blue Valentine (very depressing), Illegal (excellent female-oriented drama) which didn’t got a nod, and others.

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